Fifty Vietnamese scientists arrived at the Volgodonsk nuclear power plant in Russia's Saratov Province on March 19 to begin an internship program, news website Vietnamplus reported that same day.
After the 18-month internship, they will return to Vietnam and work at its first nuclear power plant, scheduled to break ground in the central province of Ninh Thuan by late 2014 and become operational by 2020, with Russia providing financial and technological support.
Around 900 Vietnamese workers and engineers will go to the Volgodonsk plant to receive training over the next three years, following an agreement signed last year between the Russian state-owned company Atomenergoproekt, which specializes in nuclear power, and the Song Da Corporation, a Vietnamese construction firm.
The US$10 billion Volgodonsk plant currently has two reactors, which began operating in 2001 and 2009. Each has a capacity of 1000 MW per year. Work on two more reactors is currently underway. Once they become operational, the third and fourth reactors are projected to produce an additional 1070 MW per year.